The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced that it will hold a confirmation hearing Thursday for John Bolton who is serving out a "recess appointment" as UN Ambassador that will officially expire in January, 2007. This proves to be another heated battle in the Senate where the Democrats were able to hold firm in a filibuster to prevent a vote for official confirmation last year when Bolton's nomination first came before them.
With this in mind, I sent the following email to Senator Cantwell and to the likely republican candidate for US Senate in the November general election, Mike McGavick,:
Senator Cantwell and Mr. McGavick,
My name is Chad Shue and I write the Blog "The Left Shue" (http://theleftshue.blogspot.com). As you both are aware, current UN Ambassador, John Bolton (appointed via "recess appointment") will soon be back before the Senate for a renewed confirmation hearing. While it is probable that this vote will be scheduled before then end of this year, Mr. Bolton's term does not officially expire until January. This means that whichever of you who win the Washington State Senate race may have the opportunity to vote on this important confirmation.
I would like to be able to post your positions on this matter at my Blog for distribution before the election. While it will be easy for you to determine my personal view on this matter, I will make you this sincere pledge to post your reply without editorial comment or editing of any kind. If you read many of my postings, I am sure that you will find that there will be no overt advantage to either of you in my motivation for this request.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from each of you in the near future.
Chad (The Left) Shue
While I am not holding my breath for any reply from either camp, I would certainly be interested in where each of these candidates stand and will post anything I receive.
For the record, Senator Cantwell did find the previous filibuster to be worthy of her vote.
Chad (The Left) Shue